Starting this fall, New York City plans to demolish our beloved park on the unwealthy side of the Lower East Side and East Village, destroying shady lawns, picnic areas, ballfields, running track, amphitheater, the compost yard, historic buildings, and 1,000 trees.
The city is determined to go ahead with the $1.45 billion ESCR–East Side Coastal Resiliency–even with the budget in desperate shortfall and despite the desperate need during this pandemic for outdoor recreation at safe distances.
The city intends to build a 1.2 mile seawall and cover the park with eight feet of landfill for flood control. It would also cause a health crisis for our already suffering neighborhood with many people of color, elderly and low-income residents.
This is an environmental disaster and an environmental injustice.
Sign the petition to keep our park open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Visit East River Park Action to learn how you can contribute to this necessary collective action.
THIS PARK SAVES US. SAVE THIS PARK.